KRS-One Re-launches the Stop the Violence Movement

Nearly 20 years after he first gathered some of the hottest MCs in the game for the monumental “Self Destruction” posse cut, KRS-One has announced the re-launch of his Stop the Violence Movement. Described as a “multi-dimensional and long-term movement,” the Stop the Violence 2007 campaign will utilize public service announcements from well known artists urging young people to help bring an end to violence in their communities. The spots will also provide a platform for artists with controversial material to address the subject matter of their work and provide a balance to the often violent and misogynistic images they put forth. Some artists who have already signed on to produce PSA’s include Lil Wayne, Ludacris, 50 Cent, Immortal Technique and Doug E. Fresh. “We will have an ongoing presence with celebrity audio and visual PSAs, lectures, youth programs, a CD- soundtrack and film,” KRS explains. “A new ‘Stop the Violence’ Hip Hop anthem is in the works.” Back in 1989, KRS and his Boogie Down Productions crew organized the first incarnation of the Movement, bringing together artists such as Chuck D, MC Lyte, Kool Moe Dee and D-Nice for the song and video “Self Destruction,” in response to the rise in black on black violence. For more information on the Stop the Violence Movement 2007 and to hear a sample PSA, visit http://www.stoptheviolence09.org/.

Boogie Down Productions ft. Various Artists “Self Destruction” (1989)

  • 5yearslockeddown

    i think they need to gather some of the new mc’s for a self destruction 2. cuz rappers now days r sendin nuttin but bad messages if u can name a mager artist that makes positives records tell me. all they rap about is guns n drugs cuz it sells but it also kills.

    • NAWLEDGE

      1. Kanye West
      2. Luepe Fiasco
      3. Commen
      4. Andre 3000
      5. Big Boi

  • og bobby j

    and we saw how well the first movement did….but, its nice to see someone putting an effort forward despite its lack of relevance within the soulja boy generation.

    • maxwell

      Robert please leave your pessismistic attitude out of the genre I have loved since 1984 (you might call this the P.E. times, you know pre-Eminem.). We don’t need people like you in our culture, as a matter of fact we would prefer not to have you in it. I know you for what you are, a degenerate, prejudiced scumbag. You try to pass yourself off as an OG, yet you demean the music and culture which produced the symbol you so badly want to be.
      So do yourself and Eminem a favor and step off, because you don’t listen to the music. You just skim through it.

      Real talk

  • smog

    Hydrogen Iodine Phosphorous
    Hydrogen Oxygen Phosphorous
    That’s called

    Hip Hop

  • Latino Heat

    good lookin out krs and all the artists that signed on. hip hop needs this now more than ever. i agree it probably wont work but at least somebody is trying something. more than u can say for most artists. to bad these youngstas is too busy crankin that bullshit, i mean soulja boy to actually listen.

  • The Infamous Mr. P

    arists like krs1 are significant i think because they thrived during a time where hip hop stood for something. it brought people together to fight the system and to save our youth and protect our communities. there is no question that everyone should support this movement, and then maybe finally white people, parents and the government can take a look in the mirror and stop blamin rap for everything.

  • http://myspace/wilpowermusicproductions Sir Wil

    I’m glad to hear KRS ONE is doing this. We need this now as much as we ever did, now let’s hope all the idiots out there will get the point for once. Sir Wil of myspace.com/wilpowermusicproductions

  • Banton

    Yo Man this wuz way back in da dayz

  • Around and Around

    It’s cool KRS is doing this.

    What KRS should do is begin the song with the sound bite of him threatening Adisa Banjoko at Stanford University.

    “what I’d really like to do is jump over this table and beat your fucking ass”, “I’m here right now, what do you want to do?” KRS referred to Banjoku as an “enemy of Hip Hop” and an “FBI agent”.

  • Capostatus

    Fuck KRS, loser ass nigga. This bitch used to have guns on his album covers. He’s just tryna stay inthe game somehow. Nigga you flopped, too old its all over. Go stand in line with them other bums 4 your pension check. All he ever does is criticise other rappers and yet he did nothing for the game and is just an angry ass old school hypocrite. Did i mention this nigga is ugly as hell, no homo. Him and that fake ass nigga Gay-z should enter a contest for the ugliest people in Hip Hop. Real talk, N.Y

    • iNfAmOuS

      “Fuck KRS”? wtf wrong w u lil homie? somebody need to beat the respect into u. KRS is a pioneer to this shit. KRS IS HIP HOP. u say he did nothing for the game. well, that’s because we too ignorant to fuckin do something positive in this fuckin world. God, Himself, can come down and deliver His message personally n we still wouldn’t get it through our thick ass skulls. This cat is one of the very few that try to do something for the game and the people. and let’s be honest, he isn’t exactly Mr. Forbes. Homie, doesn’t have the funds these other cats do. And quite frankly, money talks n that bitch loud as a mu’fucka! homie, everybody’s entitled to their opinion, n i respect everyone’s opinion, but show some respect. KRS is padrino of this shit, b.

    • GREG

      CAPO STATUS WHERE DO I BEGIN FIRST IF YOUR NOT ITALIAN OR IN THE MAFIA FOR REAL THEN YOU ARE A WANNABE.SECOND DONT BE A FOOL JIM JONES IS A CLOWN A THE PIED PIPER OF THE SKINNY T SHIRT SKATEBOARD I DONT BATTLE RHYME I SAY WHAT MAX BEE TOLD ME TO MC.I BET YOUR AT YOUR GIRLFRIENDS MOTHERS HOUSE ON HER DELL COMPUTER ON MYSPACE LOOKING FOR 18 YEAR OLDS WHO ARE IMPRESSED BUY A I PHONE I POD. YOUR SKINNY JEANS AND MOHAWK STYLE IS ISNT KOOL ITS HOMOSEXUAL,THE TWO NAME EARING CONTACT WEARING SKULL BELT ROCKING ISNT SWAGGER ITS THE VILLAGE .THESE SAME PEOPLE WHO YOU CALL BUMS BULIT THE DOMAIN CALLED HIP HOP TO A POINT WHERE YOUR WACK NO TALENT WOMAN BODY HEROES JIM/KANYE/LUPE/SANTANA/LIL WHEEZY CAN HIDE AND MAKE MONEY KRS DOUG CHUCK D THERE MUSIC WILL BE HERE LONG AFTER BOTH OF US ARE DEAD AND GONE BUT YOU WONT BUY ANY OF JIMS MUSIC NEXT WEEK THIS. KRS 1 CARES ABOUT YOU AND YOUR MOMS AND YOUR FAMILY ENOUGH TO SAY I WANNA MAKE IT BETTER FOR US. AS BLACK PEOPLE DONT BE STUPID LISTEN ITS NO A RING TONE ITS A MESSAGE, LOVE PEACE UNITY AND HAVING FUN THATS HIP HOP

  • http://yahoomail.com Official!

    Its cool that those artist have decided to join stop the violence movement, but its also sad that the two top artist(Lil Wayne, 50 Cent) are part of the reason the youth is somewhat corrupted. But, I hope others like kanye, Lupe, Talib Kweli, Mos Def, Snoop, Nas, Little Brother, the game, and others join in. Even though its contradicting we need the main stream hardcore rappers because the children are gonna take it serious if its coming from them, but I better not hear jeezy coke rapping ass on this even though I like his music.

  • barbarian at the gate

    Stupid

    Like asking the Devil to come into the church to lecture on how sinning is bad for humanity.

    • maxwell

      Oh yeah, you need to leave, too!!!

  • Silverback Gorilla

    The Infamous Mr. P & Official! made some good points.

    I’m glad KRS is doing his part to rebuild & add-on to the Culture. He’s taking care of his responsibility as a civilized being. Its up to the ones who have impressionable minds to choose between life and death (metaphorically speaking).

  • RBMC

    The devil needs redemption too Barbarian @ the gate and to Capostatus you sound like one ignorant ass individual who will get run over when the revolution comes. Anyone trying to up lift the state of urban america is cool with me what are you doing in your “hood” probably not a damn thing. Shut the uck up. go read a book bich KRSONE Knowledge reign supreme over nearly everyone. Uplift the race stop tearing it down

  • ACEE2129

    This cool and all but when are we all going to realize that it ain’t rappers making these cats go crazy.It’s how most of us are taught when moms is working two jobs trying to take care of us and ain’t nobidy us around but the streets. It’s sad to say but most of us don’t have that drive to make a difference within ourselves without the streets deterring it some kind of way. So as a whole stop putting this on rappers cuz Wayne and Fifty both gangsta rappers but do I think everything they say is true.

  • LANSKI

    A lot has gone on since Self Destruction. Let’s not attempt to recreate the old but create something new in honor of what came before; something relevant. The years have solidified a culture of violence that is going to be hard to penetrate.

    I would also like to see real solutions presented to the people; not just a well off entertainer telling us to stop the violence on a PSA with out any real solutions or options as to how to accomplish such a thing.

    These days you turn the other cheek; you’re getting shot in the face.

    Everyone’s always talking about how “real” they are; this is an opportunity to have a real conversation with some real people. Let’s face it, real around the way shooters and hustlers think most rappers are full of shit. So there is a need to hit the prisons and get some of these big hustlers and killers involved. Some one may listen to real gangster before they’ll listen to someone that just plays gangsta’ for Viacom and Clear Channel.

  • WATTS UP

    KRS-ONE?LOL.I HEARD HE LAP DANCED 50 FOR A RECORD DEAL.SKEEZY ASS

  • Mr. Cheeks

    This monkey is still around? No one cares about you, Larry. I guess your IQ of 100 makes you intelligent for a black guy, but black guys aren’t the rap consumers that count. We, white men are. So do us a favor and shut the fuck up. Hip hop will always be linked to violence, which is much of its appeal.

  • roksteddy

    Go the KRS, school these stick up kiddies. I’ve had enuf of these clowns running around in their circus of hood, bling, bitches, guns & violence: over it! Make the world a better place, weed ur backyard. We don’t need saints to do it, some people have just lost it from watchin too much MTV, they just need a wake up call. Should be easy. Next thing, get Bush and his weaponry merchants out. Then fix up the environment. Then be happy.

    Janitor Snoop can work his way up through the ranks of these battlers, b4 mouthin off bout fixn the Pommie streets…

  • greg

    PS ANY MAN WHO HAS TO SAY NO HOMO ?

  • http://www.myspace.com/deandresurrellthegreat deandre

    krs pleaaaaaaase lisssssen

    do that song like yall did back n da day

    self destruction/ya headed for self-destruction/

    make the whole hip-hop jump on 1 album

    hip-hop 101

  • NEWYAWKA631

    YO GO CHECK DAT KRS-1 ALBUM ON KOCH,HIP HOP IS ALIVE DAT SHIT IZ A BANGA,IM TELLIN YA IF YA LIKE DAT REAL HIP HOP,CHEAAAAAAA

  • Janette

    I just lost my son to violence black on black crime. On mothers Day. this year 2007.I would like to join forces with someone here in Texas. Fighting the same cause.

  • Robert Palmer

    Last week I sent a $10 check for two magnetic ribbons for my cars. If I have the correct place, please deposit the check and send the ribbons.

    R.E. Palmer